Thursday, December 2, 2010

Lakeshore Elementary

I toured Lakeshore Elementary this week. You can read my write up here. Before I went on the tour I looked up the boundaries for Lakeshore and I was kind of shocked by how small and unpopulated the school’s boundaries seem to be. I highly recommend anyone who doesn’t like/thinks they won’t get into their neighborhood school (so, um, just about everyone I’ve talked to so far) check it out. Its way in the SW of the city so understandably not logistically possible for some, but it’s a nice school and with FOUR GE kindergarten classes, I can’t imagine it will fill with neighborhood kids.

PS- I asked the principal there if she had heard any buzz from the district about changing start times now that the bussing is going to be limited and she said she hadn’t heard a thing on that topic. Anyone else ask principals this? I’m very curious and don’t want start times to be any part of my decision process if they are going to change them up.

8 comments:

  1. Thank you for reminding us all how good lakeshore has always been. I think we parents are sometimes a bit too lemming-like, focusing only on the schools with "buzz.". Lakeshore has been a great school for decades now. Diverse, with a great PTA and a well-regarded special Ed dept, it is worth a serious look by everyone!

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  2. In my experience, the principals are the last to know about things like starting times and but routes. Not their fault--just how things seem to work.

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  3. Oops, *bus* routes.

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  4. We would be there if the start time was more "normal", i.e. 8:40 or 7:50, for us working people and early risers.

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  5. For parents who are concerned about the late (9:30) start time, there is a wonderful morning (and afternoon) program at Lakeshore run by Everyday Magic. It's not just babysitting, but focuses on extra learning and arts activities for the kids. We can drop our daughter off as early as 7:30 and she loves it. Lakeshore also has a before-school Mandarin program, and after-school Mandarin and Cantonese for parents who are looking for extras at the school site beyond school hours.

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  6. Lakeshore has a great PTA and teachers who care.

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  7. Morning Mandarin begins at 8:15. Everyday Magic and Excel also have morning programs.

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  8. I am glad this posting recognizes how good Lakeshore is- myself and other parents there are curious as to why it seems to be off the radar these days. I know they lost a couple of buses and the feeder pattern changed. But, its a great school in a beautiful environment with involved parents, great programs, onsite before/after options and really amazing long term teachers. I think its a very good option if the location works for people because it has 4 kindergartens and not as challenging to get in as some schools of this quality, at least at the moment.

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